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Save money with this 2-day combination tour to 2 popular sights in Krakow. Learn about the history of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp as…

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5 historical facts about Auschwitz-Birkenau

With the world distracted by war, the Nazis brutally reshaped the demographics of Europe in the south of Poland. The harrowing truth wasn't revealed until far too late, but here are a few of the many things you'll learn on your tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Auschwitz-Birkenau is just one camp in a complex

Auschwitz-Birkenau – or Auschwitz II – was used as a death camp from 1942, primarily for Jews. Auschwitz I had already been holding Polish political prisoners for two years.

It wasn't all run by the state

There was a third camp too. Monowitz – or Auschwitz III – was set up to provide slave labor for IG Farben. The Allies dissolved the chemical company the war.

1.1 million were killed

90% were Jews, but thousands of Poles, Romani, Soviets, Jehovah's Witnesses, and homosexuals also died at Auschwitz. As did prisoners from other nationalities.

The world had no idea

Not even most Germans knew what was happening at the camps. Arrivals were met with the slogan "Work sets you free." In hindsight it's hard to say how convincing that actually was.

The camp commander went into hiding

Disguised as a farmer in Gottrupel, Rudolf Höss evaded capture for a year after the war. In spite of his expressed remorsed, he was hung outside the camp's crematorium in 1947.

Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau: Our Tips

What are the opening times?

The Auschwitz-Birkenau museum is open daily from 8am except for January 1st, December 25th, and Easter Sunday. It closes at 3pm from December to February, 4pm in March and November, 5pm in April and October, 6pm in May and September, and 7pm from June to August. The site can be accessed for free but it is advisable to take a tour. If you decide to do so, book your tickets in advance. The best ones fill up very quickly!

How to get there from Krakow?

The easiest way is simply to book an all-in-one tour that leaves from the city. Alternatively, inexpensive buses frequently leave from the basement floor of Krakow's main bus station. You can also take a train to the nearby town of Oświęcim.

When to visit?

Krakow is a wonderful city with a great deal of attraction to please tourists. Though Auschwitz may be an essential part of your trip, it can be emotionally overwhelming. We recommend that you leave it till last.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    8:00 AM - 3:00 PM December through February 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM March, November 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM April, October 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM May, September 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM June, July, August
  • What is the price?
    Basic entrance is free, but it is highly recommended take a tour which will have a cost depending on which one you choose.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It's not required but highly recommended. Best to book in advance online!
  • How to get there
    There are direct buses from Krakow. Alternatively, take the train to Oświęcim and then hop on local bus to the site.
  • Additional tips
    Not recommended for children under 14.

What People Are Saying About Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau

Very informative and great experience although sad

It was great to be picked up and dropped off from anywhere I wanted by Maliek, he was very friendly. The tour was great, extremely informative and went for approx 7 hours. A lot of walking but is good if you are prepared to do that.

great tour very well organised our tour guide was excellent

From beginning to end of the tour we were well looked after. Very well organised and informative.

It was perfect arranged of the tour-arranger in Krakow.

It was horrible to see the place with your own eyes and it will be a strong memory for the rest of my life how cruel man can be. I have some points about the arrangemeant of the tour. It was many short brakes instead of one longer for lunch. anyway I had time for a soup in one short break. I can recomend the bean soup in Auschwits and I also felt bad of eating it because of so many have starved to death at the same place.

Everyone should have to go and see what really happened

The trip was very informative ,the guide around the camp was first class , bit disappointed with the late pickup and the driver thought he was in a racing car first time ever I have felt travel sick, also guide on bus should tell people more about the areas travelled though to get there giving people a better understanding

Very comfortable transport ..,, very informative well run tour

Very informative day delivered very truthfully and tactful on such a sensitive subject

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